What is balayage hair?
The French word balayage translates to “sweep". Balayage is the term used to describe the way the color is swept onto the hair with a brush during the highlighting or color process. Balayage is a free hand painting color technique, in which color is painted onto select strands. The color application begins about two inches away from the roots and becomes gradually heavier as it moves down the strands, starting very fine at the top of the hair and gradually getting thicker though the mid-lengths and ends. Unlike traditional foil highlights, balayage highlights focus more to the ends and gets blended or feathered out as it moves up the hair. As your roots grow out, the balayage highlights stay on top growing out evenly and softly, without the harsh color separation line you get from traditional foil highlights. Because the bleach color is concentrated on the surface of each section of hair, the underside remains darker, resulting in a natural looking hair color with softer, less noticeable root regrowth. Balayage can be done on any hair color, from blonde and red to brunettes — light, medium and dark. It works best on medium length to long hair, starting down an inch or two from the root, but can also be done on shorter hair as well.